Do you enjoy helping people? Are you interested in learning about oral care and improving the lives of others? If you’re looking for a career in oral care that is both highly challenging and rewarding, then you may want to consider the dentistry degree pathway at UTSA.

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This is not a major you can apply for. UTSA helps students complete the pre-requisites to get into this field. This program is offered through UTSA’s Health Professions Office. In order to participate in this program, you must:

  • Be an admitted and enrolled student at UTSA.
  • Have 12 but less than 30 college credit hours. Students exceeding 30 semester hours due to Advanced Placement or Dual Credit courses are reviewed on a case by case basis.
  • Be able to complete at least 90 semester credit hours at UTSA prior to matriculation to the Dental School through DEAP.
  • Be in good academic standing with an overall and science GPA at around 3.4 or higher.
  • Be a Texas resident and U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Meet with a DEAP advisor from the Health Professions Office.


The Dental Early Acceptance Program (DEAP) is a partnership between the University of Texas at San Antonio and UT Health San Antonio (UTHSA) that provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UTSA and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from UTHSA within seven years.

In the 3+4 program, you’ll spend your first three years at UTSA majoring in biology. After you complete your program requirements at UTSA, you’ll then transfer to the UT Health School of Dentistry to finish the remaining four-year curriculum. Once complete, you’ll graduate with both a B.S. in Biology from UTSA and a D.D.S. from UTHSA that will prepare you for a career in dentistry. Learn more at

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Careers in Dentistry

Top job titles for pre-dentistry graduates include:

  • Dentist
  • Orthodontist
  • Prosthodontist

Dentistry is a highly specialized, niche industry with lower demand for labor than more generally accessible fields. There were few listed job openings for Dentists, Orthodontists or Prosthodontist from Febary 2019 – January 2020.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Industries for Pre-Dental Graduates

Pre-dentistry is a niche field with few avenues for professional use. Graduates should expect to complete an advanced degree to qualify for licensure in the field of dentistry. Fields in which pre-dentistry may be an applicable course of study include:

  • Health Care
  • Scientific Research and Development

Salaries for Dentistry Graduates

The salary range for open dentistry-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $78,259
median $174,758
top 10% $232,699

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Dentistry Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a dentistry graduate, some are more commonly sought than others. Pre-dentistry may be a good fit for you if:

  • Detail Oriented
  • Enjoy Learning
  • Help Others
  • Problem Solving
  • Working with others